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The mission of the Water working group is to provide potable water to Japan.

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The Scientific Legacy of a City Poisoned by Mercury

A memorial to victims of mercury poisoning overlooking Minamata Bay.

Image: A memorial to victims of mercury poisoning overlooking Minamata Bay. - Joshua Sokol - September 27th 2017

Walking by the side of her house, Rimiko Yoshinaga points at the broad, vine-encrusted tree her grandfather used to climb. During one of the most famous environmental disasters in history, this tree stood over the calm, clear waters of the Shiranui Sea. He would perch up there and call down to say whether the fish were coming, Rimiko says.


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Cleanup Crews Near Fukushima Plant Dump Waste in Rivers, Newspaper Reports

By ROBERT MACKEY According to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, cleanup crews working near the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, “dumped soil and leaves contaminated with radioactive fallout into rivers.”

The allegation, supported by photographs, was made in the three-part report “Crooked Cleanup,” published on Friday on the Japanese newspaper’s English-language site, Asia and Japan Watch.

Residents Near Fukushima Mountains Face Nuclear Recontamination Every Rainfall

The Mainichi Daily News - October 12, 2011        


Workers decontaminate radiation from the roof of Yasawa Kindergarten in Minami-Soma, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) away from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility, in Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011.  Photo - Associated Press (AP)

As the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Plant drags on, worries are growing particularly among Fukushima Prefecture residents over drawn-out and in some cases apparently futile nuclear decontamination operations.

The unease is especially strong in areas in and around mountains that must be repeatedly decontaminated, as every rainfall brings a new batch of radioactive substance-contaminated leaves and soil washing down from the hills. Since some 70 percent of Fukushima Prefecture is mountainous, such instances of regular recontamination could occur over a broad area, while the same effect has also been observed in some undeveloped areas of cities.

Food and Water - from Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Radioactive materials in tap water, and the damage situation of the water supply and the measures taken for emergency supply and restoration.

The instructions associated with food by Director-General of the Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters.

Levels of radioactive contaminants in foods tested in respective prefectures.

  • Sum up of radionuclide test results carried out since 19 March 2011

Tokyo - Water Supply

submitted by Stuart Leiderman

New Material Cleans Water of Radioactive Contamination

submitted by Samuel Bendett

from Homeland Security Newswire

Published 14 April 2011

NC State researchers develops material to remove radioactive contaminants from drinking water; the material is a combination of forest byproducts and crustacean shells; the new material not only absorbs water, but can actually extract contaminates, such as radioactive iodide, from the water itself; this material, which forms a solid foam, has applications beyond radioactive materials

The 11 March Japan disaster, and the contamination of both fresh and sea water with radioactive material seeping from the damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima, will make this story timely and important. A combination of forest byproducts and crustacean shells may be the key to removing radioactive materials from drinking water, researchers from North Carolina State University have found.

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